‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen (from Inspirational Books – Part Two)


Article Title: ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen (from Inspirational Books – Part Two)
Submitted by Craig Lock
Category (Key words): Success, James Allen, Mind, Mindpower, Mind Control, Thought, Power of Thought, Motivation, Inspiration, Inspirational
Books (enough there now)

Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at
Obsessive or WHAT!


Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 andhttp://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:

This article (in point form) has been adapted from (and is a summary of) the excellent motivational and up-lifting book, the classic ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen. This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print, as long as the source is acknowledged, thanks.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”



Conquering others requires force. Conquering oneself requires strength.”

– Lao Tzu; Tao Te Ching

“The mind is a lot stronger than the body.”

– US motor-cycle racer (Moto GP) Nicky Hayden

Submitter’s Note: I have been learning and studying the ‘workings’ of the human mind, the ‘last unexplored continent’, for much of my life. In sharing the contents, the clearly explained principles of James Allen’s classic and inspirational work, I learn a lot and even get inspired by the author’s words of wisdom. I hope that you may be too… in whatever endeavour of life you may choose.



This book pointing to a better life for ALL, will help you transform your thoughts into concrete actions that will result in the achievement of anything that you deeply desire in your heart:

As a Man Thinketh is written for all those seeking wisdom and tranquility in a turbulent, complex world.” – James Allen


“Until thought is linked with PURPOSE there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the barque (bark) of thought is allowed to ‘drift’ upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.”

“They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power-evolving universe.

The weakest soul, knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth – that strength can only be developed by effort and practice, will at once begin to exert itself, and adding effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease to develop, and will at last grow divinely strong.

Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in…. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.”



Your thoughts are the most powerful thing you have. All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.

A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak, and abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts, thoughts which he CHOOSES.

“The spark to ignite a creative force is confident purposeful thought. For this force to burst into burning flame, positive ACTION is essential. Confident purposeful thought is the spark that ignites a creative force.” -Dr Andy Eastcott (Gisborne, New Zealand)

We are “authors of our own destinies”; so be the master of your own destiny..

“I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.” – Charles Fletcher Lummis

“Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choices he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation. All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve is the direct result of our own thoughts.” – James Allen

Think good healthy positive thoughts Do good Get good.

Give to others (as well of yourself), laugh and have some fun along the way

“Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” – James Allen

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“Man is mind and evermore he takes the tool of thought and, shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret and it comes to pass – Environment is but his looking glass.” – anon

Thanks so much for sharing, dad

The Special Person You Were Meant to Be

“If you can value truth above approval, and friendship over power, wealth, or fame, If you can share your gifts wisely, leaving someone better off than when you came, If you find happiness, simple pleasures, and see the rainbow, not the falling rain , If you have faith to keep on believing in miracles that no one can explain, If you live every day to your potential and find the goal in everything you see, Then you’ll be, not just happy and successful, but the person only you were meant to be.” – anon

And this is my best definition of success…

“The definition of success: To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier, because you have lived… this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson????

About the submitter:
Craig has been learning and studying the ‘workings’ of the human mind, the ‘last unexplored continent’, for much of his life. He believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you’re in a room as big as the world.”

“A book, like a dog, is man’s best friend, but inside it’s too dark to read.”

– Woody Allen (I “tink”)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

Obsessive or WHAT!

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact,empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

End of Part Two (Part Three to follow)



Enjoy some of my favourite quotes…

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments.” – Napoleon Hill

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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  5. craig lock Says:

    Thanks for the comment/follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

    but if you want to follow me, go to https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31



    Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera*!)



    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (even “zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing (which I’m often told is what is “safest” for me!)

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4






    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)


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